“The Ukrainian Football Association (AUF) is negotiating to keep this slogan on the shirt since UEFA had previously approved the kit and all its elements, including the phrase + Glory to the Heroes +”, said the service of Federation press.
Called upon by Russian protests, UEFA asked earlier in the day for a modification of the Ukrainian jersey, on the eve of the opening of the Euro football (11 June-11 July), finally deeming “political” the mention “Glory to our heroes” denounced by Moscow.
“After further analysis”, this slogan appearing “inside the collar” of the Ukrainian tunic is “clearly of a political nature” and “must therefore be withdrawn (…) in view of the competitive matches of the UEFA, “said the body.
UEFA, on the other hand, validated the map of Ukraine appearing on the jersey and including Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014, recalling that it corresponded to the country’s internationally recognized borders.
She also rejected the Russian protest against the slogan “Glory to Ukraine”, endorsed by UEFA since 2018.
The double formula “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes”, taken from a patriotic song, had become a rallying cry during the pro-Western popular uprising of Maidan in 2014, which ousted a president supported by the Kremlin , Viktor Yanukovych.
The Ukrainian presidency has for its part warned UEFA against decisions taken under “political influence”.
“Ukraine respects ‘UEFA decisions’ which must be taken without political influence and interference,” the presidency said in a statement.
The slogans “Glory to Ukraine!” and “Glory to the heroes!” are “engraved in the soul of every Ukrainian, they unite us” and “help us to” defend our Ukraine “, she continued.